Death to the 1,200 Calorie Mentality

  1. Hey, I'm Bri! says:

    I absolutely love this! I can’t even tell you how many people I have talked to who think that 1,200 calories is the gold standard for losing weight, and I’ve even heard it from people who are just trying to maintain their weight. As RDs, it’s so important that we bust myths like these as often as we can, so thank you for sharing 🙂

  2. Michelle says:

    Easy there-maybe don’t make such a blanket statement. My BMR is just over 1000. Factor in activity level and then create a deficit, I’m pretty close to 1200 being perfect for safe weight loss.

    • I should add an addendum to this. There are probably a small subset of women who, yes, if the activity level is not excessive 1,200 could support health and healthy/sustainable weight loss. It is more of the mindset of restriction that I was getting after. Thank you for reading!

  3. alexa says:

    Did the correct calculation and still came up with 1,250 calories per day. Ha!

  4. cegoff says:

    I absolutely love this too! 1200 calories is a starvation diet for most people– and I see it all the time too with my clients– they input their height, weight and weight goal into My Fitness Pal or another app and it tells them to eat 1200 calories/day. I always say PLEASE IGNORE THAT! In fact, forget calories all together and take a look instead at the quality of food you’re eating. Calories are so NOT an exact science. Focus on health and weight will fall into place.

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  7. Christina says:

    I think I’m confused, clicked on the BMR calculator and it says 1436 calories a day, so if I take away 300-500 calories a day Im like sub 1000 calories a day for weight loss?? Ahhhh!!

    • There will be exceptions to the rule, of course. It is possible you need 1,200 or less, but it is rare. The BMR calculator is not perfect, nor are the activity assumptions. If concerned I’d recommend working with someone and experiment 🙂

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